Drug-induced deaths are deaths that can be attributed directly to the use of illicit drugs (i.e. poisonings and overdoses).
The 2016 data extracted from the General Mortality Register showed an increase in the number of drug-induced deaths, reaching the highest level since 2008. According to the available toxicological results, in 9 out of 10 cases, the presence of more than one psychoactive substance was detected, which indicates that polydrug use remains common in Spain. The drugs most commonly implicated in drug-induced deaths were opioids, followed by cocaine.
The drug-induced mortality rate among adults (aged 15-64 years) was 16 deaths per million in 2016.